Civil Unions Debate - Swansea, MA

Discuss the national Civil Unions debate in Swansea, MA.

Are Civil Unions Enough?

Swansea undecided
Yes, that's plenty
 
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Mark

Washington, DC

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Mar 6, 2012
 
I view marriage as a religious ceremony between a man and a woman. Government should only grant civil unions to all. Next the government will be mandateing that the Catholic churches to marry gays and the church will have to do so or risk law suits.
Lc

Fall River, MA

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Mar 8, 2012
 
Marriage is by definition not only a religious affair (for those affiliated), but also a LEGAL one. Therefore, one cannot use the excuse that marriage should only be for a man and woman because "God said so" without taking into consideration that marriage is also a matter of legality, which is completely separate from religion. Everyone has to abide by the legal system and not religious standards, therefore, two people in love should be able to call it a "marriage" and have it be legally considered one.
Lizzy

Fall River, MA

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Mar 8, 2012
 
Mark wrote:
I view marriage as a religious ceremony between a man and a woman. Government should only grant civil unions to all. Next the government will be mandateing that the Catholic churches to marry gays and the church will have to do so or risk law suits.
Marriage itself is not necessarily religious, but it is always legally binding. Marriage has legal ramifications and documentation that is independent of anything religious, therefore, should the government say that gay people cannot be legally married, it is stripping them of equal legal rights. If, like you say, the government tried to mandate that Catholic churches have to marry homosexuals, that would be inappropriate as well, in my view, because it goes against the beliefs of the religion.
If marriage was defined as only a religious ceremony, I would agree with you. However, because it is independent of religion from a legal standpoint, I believe homosexuals should be able to be legally married just like anyone else.
The constitution entitles everyone to religious freedom, therefore the government cannot force certain religious practices to change unless it restricts others' right to life, freedom, and pursuit of happiness. If homosexual people want to be legally married, they should be allowed to be. If they wanted to be married by a Catholic church and the church refuses, that's an issue that he government does not and should not regulate because theoretically they could still get married in another church or simply have a marriage ceremony not involving anything religious.
Lizzy

Fall River, MA

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Mar 8, 2012
 
I'm from Fall River, MA; I don't know why it's saying that I'm from "Brattleboro, VT." I just thought I'd throw that out there since I'm a bit anal about things like that..:)

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